Know My Name by Chanel Miller


In this powerful memoir, Chanel Miller reclaims her identity by telling the story of her assault, describing the traumatic events, the trial and the ongoing, messy process of healing.  The book made me feel awe at Chanel’s resilience, as well as anger and pain.  But what I didn’t expect was the skilful, beautiful and poetic writing capturing moments of her life with such clarity tha it made put down the book in wonder.  How can we deal with extreme suffering?  How do we find moments of light and joy amongst pain? – Alannah